Many Victorian public sector organisations offer short-term paid and unpaid internships for university students and skilled people throughout the year.

Internships provide a valuable pathway for students and skilled people seeking local professional experience in a relevant field.

As an intern, you’ll work within a structured program to gain hands-on experience in the Victorian public sector. And there's always a chance of future employment too.

Types of programs

All internship programs are listed below. Follow the links for information and details about how to apply. Many internships are only open for application during specific times of the year.

  • CareerSeekers Internship Programs 

    This is a paid 12-week internship program for asylum seekers and refugees who are students or mid-career professionals. You’ll receive local experience, a local reference and comprehensive support during your placement. For more information and to register interest, visit the careerseekers website. The Department of Health and Human services participates in this program.


  • Summer Accounting and Finance Internship Program

    This Internship is a 12-week program for accounting and finance students who’ve completed two years of full-time study. You'll get experience in developing policy advice, research, analysis and report writing. This program is hosted by the Department of Treasury and Finance.


  • Summer Economics Internship Program

    This internship is a 12-week program for economics students who have completed two years of full-time study. You'll get hands-on experience in applying economics in a public policy environment at a leading government agency. This internship is hosted by the Department of Treasury and Finance


  • Summer Internship Program

    This is a 12- week paid program for undergraduates and Juris Doctor university students in their final or penultimate year of study in any academic discipline. The program is hosted by the Department of Premier and Cabinet and is held during the university summer break. Please note this program will not run in the Summer break of 2021. Should any individual internship opportunities be available they will be advertised on the careers website.


  • Essential Services Commission internship Program

    This internship is for economic and accounting students interested in economic regulation. This is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Victoria’s regulator of energy, water and transport sectors, working on projects for price and economic regulatory reviews. This program is hosted by the Essential Services Commission.